Side by Side

Until the last number of months, I hadn’t really thought much about the role of women in ministry. I was raised in a church environment where women were allowed to teach, preach and minister. Women were viewed as teammates and our input was valued. So, it seemed like a non issue-for me. However, as I wrote in my previous post, I truly believe God is bringing it to the forefront now. On Thursday, Beth Moore posted a blog about the misogyny and diminishment she has encountered from men in her years of ministry. It was brutally honest but was delivered with grace and humility. Her tone was not bitter or angry and I respect her so much for that.

Similar to the #metoo movement we saw sweep the nation, I think we are going see a wave of women in the church share stories of similar (to Beth Moore’s) mistreatment. Should we be surprised?

The war between Satan and women began thousands of years ago in the garden on Eden. God said he would put enmity between the serpent and the woman. It should not come as a shock to us that women are the most oppressed people group on the planet. What is surprising, is that much of the church has yet to walk out from under this curse. Systems remain in place that devalue, diminish and disqualify women from using their God-given gifts.

Earlier this week I was listening to Philippians as I working out. In 4:3 it reads, “Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.” It was an “ah-ha” moment for me. I’ve been asking for God to show me a clearer picture of women in the Scriptures because most of what I had seen was women at the mercy of their fathers or husbands and bearing lots of children. Paul said these women had served by his side in the work of the gospel. I wish there was more to the passage but there is enough to give me great hope! Women are more than wives and mothers, although those are very important roles. I don’t want to diminish that at all. I just needed to see something more and God gave it to me on that elliptical at the YMCA.

I hope you are encouraged to continue on your journey with the Lord. If there are questions you’ve been asking, keep pursuing. If you have been silent, open your mouth. If you need healing from injustice you have experienced, take it to Jesus and find a friend to pray with you. Keep pressing in to Jesus. He’s close. He’s eager to meet with you.

I’ll leave you with a favorite song lyric of mine right now…

“When the night is holding on to you, God is holding on.”

One thought on “Side by Side

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Jenny. I loved Beth’s blog. Much Needed. And I appreciate your thoughtful approach to this as well. Bless you in your new venture, Jenny.

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